FAQs

What if my child has never played soccer before?
FYS encourages kids of all skill levels and ability to play soccer. Experience isn’t necessary.

When and where can I register?
All registrations are made on-line at fitchburgyouthsoccer.org. Just click on the registration tab to get started.
Registration opens for fall soccer at the end of the spring season. Registration opens for spring soccer at the end of the fall season.
There are benefits to registering early. It is less expensive for you if you register during the early registration period as registration fees are offered at a discounted rate during this time. It also helps the league plan for the season (scheduling, making rosters, recruiting coaches, ordering shirts for in-town teams, etc).

How much does it cost?
Registration fees for the in-town program are $70.00 but are offered at a lower rate of $50.00 during the early registration period. This includes the team shirt.
Registration fees for the travel program are $90.00 but are offered at a lower rate of $70.00 during the early registration period. This fee does not include a uniform which is purchased separately. Travel uniforms can be ordered by visiting fitchburgyouthsoccer.org and clicking on the uniform tab.

What division will my child play in?
The divisions are grade based.

The in-town program consists of the following divisions:
Rec (Pre-K)
Kindergarten
Grade 1-2

The travel program consists of the following divisions:
Grade 3-4
Grade 5-6
Grade 7-8
High School

Can I request which team my child plays on?
FYS tries its best to accommodate families with specific needs for players in the in-town program. An example would be placing siblings on the same team or placing a player on a specific team with a friend for transportation purposes.

These accommodations are generally NOT made for players in the travel program as these teams are tiered by skill level and players
are placed on teams based on results of tryouts.

How long is the soccer season?
There are 8 games each season.

When does the soccer season start?
The first game fall season is the first Saturday after Labor Day. The spring season starts in early to mid-April.

When will I hear from the coach?
In-town generally a week to 10 days prior to the first game of the season. Travel at least two weeks prior to the first game. Coaches are all volunteers. Occasionally, FYS is still recruiting volunteer coaches for teams up to a few days prior to the start of the season. Please keep this in mind and please be patient.

What equipment do I need?
Soccer ball, shin pads, soccer socks and soccer cleats.

What size soccer ball do I need?
Size 3 – Pre-K & Kindergarten
Size 4 – Grade 1/2 division, Grade 3/4 division, & Grade 5/6 division
Size 5 – Grade 7/8 division, high school division

Are soccer cleats the same as cleats for other sports?
NO! Soccer cleats do not have a front toe cleat. Cleats for baseball and football have a cleat on the front toe. Soccer referees check players cleats prior to each game and will only allow soccer cleats to be used.

Do I need to buy a uniform?
FYS provides players that are part of the in-town program (grades pre-k, kindergarten & grade (1-2) with a team shirt. Players Grade 3 and up are a part of the travel program and must purchase a uniform. Uniforms can be purchased by going to fitchburgyouthsoccer.org and clicking on the uniform
tab. For your convenience, travel uniforms are shipped directly to your home address. Travel uniforms DO NOT need to be purchased each season. Players can wear them as long as they fit.

When are the games?
The in-town program plays games on Saturday mornings with start times of 8:30 and 9:30.
Travel teams play on Saturdays at the following times:
Girls Grade 3/4 – 9:00
Boys Grade 3/4 – 10:15
Girls Grade 5/6 – 11:30
Boys Grade 5/6 – 1:00
Girls Grade 7/8 – 2:30
Boys Grade 7/8 – 4:00

Where are the games played?
All games for the in-town program are played at Coolidge Park.
Travel teams generally have 4 home games and 4 away games against teams from other North Central Mass cities and towns.
Grade 3-4 games are played at Coolidge. Grade 5-6 & Grade 7-8 games are played at Moran Field.
High School games are played at Coolidge and/or Fitchburg State University.

When are practices?
The practice schedule is determined by the individual coaches for each team. Pre-K teams typically do not practice during the week but sometimes will practice if there is a high demand for it. All other teams will practice 1-3 times per week generally.

When are tryouts for the Travel Program?
Generally, sometime during the week before the final game of the spring season. An e-mail will be sent by the league notifying parents/players with the specific tryout date a few weeks prior to the tryout.

What if my child cannot attend tryouts on the evening they are scheduled?
FYS will make every effort to have a make up date for tryouts. However, it will be subject to volunteer availability.

Is attendance at tryouts mandatory?
Yes! FYS travel teams compete in the Nashoba Valley Youth Soccer League. The divisions in the NVYSL are tiered so that players and teams are competing against others that are of a comparable skill level. Players should attend tryouts so that FYS can properly place players on teams and accurately place those teams within NVYSL.

What if my child attends tryouts and does not make a team?
Every child that registers on time makes a team regardless of skill level or experience.

What can I do to help and support the league?
FYS is run completely by the efforts of its volunteers. The league is always in need of volunteers to help coach, work concession stands, line fields, etc. Please e-mail league@fitchburgyouthsoccer.org to see find out how you can help.